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Miss Colombia beat Miss USA, crowned Miss Universe in Miami
26th January 2015 Miss Colombia beat Miss USA, crowned Miss Universe in Miami MIAMI: Miss Colombia Paulina Vega, a relative pageant newcomer, has been crowned Miss Universe, beating out first runner-up Miss USA Nia Sanchez and contestants from more than 80 other countries at Sunday’s pageant in Miami. Vega, a 22-year-old...
California issues driver licenses for illegal immigrants
3rd January 2015 California issues driver licenses for illegal immigrants LOS ANGELES: – California began issuing driver’s licenses Friday to people who are in the country illegally, becoming the 10th state in the nation to do so. Thanks to a 2013 law approved by Governor Jerry Brown, anyone...
Slew of challenges for Republican-led US Congress in 2015
3rd January 2015 Slew of challenges for Republican-led US Congress in 2015 by Michael Mathes WASHINGTON: – The 113th Congress, which wrapped up December 16, was one of the least productive in modern history. Onward to 2015. US lawmakers return to Washington on Tuesday under a new, fully Republican banner...
Wall Street flat in quiet start to 2015
3rd January 2015 Wall Street flat in quiet start to 2015 NEW YORK: – Wall Street stocks finished the first trading day of the new year  little-changed Friday following lackluster US economic data and with many market participants still on holiday. At the closing bell, the Dow Jones Industrial...
Wall Street flat in quiet start to 2015
3rd January 2015 Wall Street flat in quiet start to 2015 NEW YORK: – Wall Street stocks finished the first trading day of the new year Friday little-changed following lackluster US economic data and with many market participants still on holiday. The Dow Jones Industrial Average advanced 9.92 points...
Asian markets dip despite Wall Street record
23rd December 2014 Asian markets dip despite Wall Street record HONG KONG: – Asian markets dipped on Tuesday in thin trade despite a positive lead from Wall Street where indices reached fresh records ahead of the release of key US economic data. Sydney fell 0.79 percent, Shanghai dropped...
US dollar holds steady in Asian trade
23rd December 2014 US dollar holds steady in Asian trade SINGAPORE: – The greenback held steady in thin Asian trade Tuesday, supported by hopes for fresh upbeat figures on the US economy and expectations the Federal Reserve will hike rates in mid-2015. The US dollar was at 120.14...
Jovial Obama paints picture of resurgent America
20th December 2014 Jovial Obama paints picture of resurgent America by Jérôme CARTILLIER WASHINGTON: – After a tough year capped by a bruising defeat for his Democrats in last month’s midterm elections, no one would blame President Barack Obama if he were a bit down. On Friday at...
Obama warns N. Korea over Sony hack: ‘We will respond’
20th December 2014 Obama warns N. Korea over Sony hack: ‘We will respond’ by Susan STUMME WASHINGTON: – US President Barack Obama on Friday warned North Korea it would face retaliation for a crippling cyber attack on Sony Pictures over an irreverent film comedy that infuriated Pyongyang. Obama said the movie...
Obama blasts Guantanamo provisions as he signs defense bill
20th December 2014 Obama blasts Guantanamo provisions as he signs defense bill WASHINGTON: – President Barack Obama on Friday signed into law America’s annual defense policy bill, but he blasted provisions that ensure the Guantanamo Bay prison will stay open for now. One of Obama’s first actions as president was...
China arrests US aid worker on N. Korean border: lawyer
20th December 2014 China arrests US aid worker on N. Korean border: lawyer BEIJING: – China has arrested an American Christian aid worker based near its border with North Korea, his lawyer said Saturday, as authorities deepen an apparent crackdown on religious groups in the region. Peter Hahn, a North Korean-born...
US stocks rise for 3rd day in a row
20th December 2014 US stocks rise for 3rd day in a row NEW YORK:- US stocks finished higher Friday, continuing to ride the positive momentum from Wednesday’s Federal Reserve meeting as the last full week of trade of 2014 ended. The Dow Jones Industrial Average added 26.65 points (0.15 percent)...
Fed move spurs ‘Santa Claus rally’ as US stocks gain
20th December 2014 Fed move spurs ‘Santa Claus rally’ as US stocks gain by John BIERS NEW YORK:- US stocks went from famine to feast this week, starting out fearful of crashing oil prices and finishing it smiling at a “Santa Claus rally.” The turnaround came Wednesday, the first of three...
Passengers on tarmac for eight hours after long-haul to Australia
13th December 2014 Passengers on tarmac for eight hours after long-haul to Australia SYDNEY: – Passengers on a flight from the United States to Australia endured an even longer journey than they were expecting when their plane was diverted and then spent eight hours waiting on the tarmac, reports said Saturday....
Dollar mixed following weak US inflation data
13th December 2014 Dollar mixed following weak US inflation data NEW YORK: – The dollar Friday fell against the euro, but gained on the Japanese yen following weak US inflation data. US producer prices fell 0.2 percent in November, according to data from the Labor Department. While the...
US House approves $1.1 trillion spending bill, averts shutdown
12th December 2014 US House approves $1.1 trillion spending bill, averts shutdown by Michael Mathes WASHINGTON: – Facing intense pressure to avoid a government shutdown, the US House of Representatives narrowly passed a $1.1 trillion federal spending bill Thursday, sending it to the Senate after it was ushered through barely...
Dollar rises as confidence in US economy grows
12th December 2014 Dollar rises as confidence in US economy grows TOKYO: – The dollar rose against other currencies in Asia on Friday as a strong US retail sales report reinforced investor confidence in the world’s largest economy. The dollar was at 118.81 yen in afternoon trade compared with...
China angles for Central America influence in US ‘backyard’
12th December 2014 China angles for Central America influence in US ‘backyard’ by Katell ABIVEN MANAGUA: – With ambitious plans for a canal through Nicaragua and a Honduran hydroelectric dam, Chinese firms are increasingly testing the waters in Central America, a region long considered the United States’ backyard. The audacious...
US House approves spending bill to avoid government shutdown
12th December 2014 US House approves spending bill to avoid government shutdown WASHINGTON:- The US House of Representatives narrowly approved a $1.1 trillion, nine-month federal spending bill late Thursday, barely two hours before a midnight government shutdown deadline. The 219-206 vote followed a bruising day of arm-twisting by the White...
US budget leaves IMF reforms in doubt
11th December 2014 US budget leaves IMF reforms in doubt by Paul HANDLEY WASHINGTON: – Crucial reforms of the International Monetary Fund were left hanging Wednesday after the US Congress failed to endorse them in the final budget legislation of the year. The IMF had held out hopes...
eBay may slash thousands of jobs ahead of PayPal split
11th December 2014 eBay may slash thousands of jobs ahead of PayPal split NEW YORK:- US online retail giant eBay may slash thousands of jobs early next year as it prepares to separate from PayPal to become an independent company, The Wall Street Journal reported Wednesday. Some 3,000 jobs — about...
Asian shares mostly lower after Wall St tumble
11th December 2014 Asian shares mostly lower after Wall St tumble HONG KONG: – Asian markets mostly sank again Thursday after Wall Street was hit by a further fall in oil prices, while the dollar edged up after tumbling against the yen. Analysts said traders were taking their cash...
Dollar mixed after falls on risk aversion
11th December 2014 Dollar mixed after falls on risk aversion TOKYO: – The dollar was mixed in Asia on Thursday, after taking a hit in New York as dealers shifted to safer investments such as US government bonds. The greenback climbed to 118.15 yen in Tokyo midday trade,...
Dollar slips in Asian trade
10th December 2014 Dollar slips in Asian trade TOKYO: – The dollar slipped against the yen in Asian trade Wednesday as risk appetite subsided and as eurozone fears returned on news that Greece had brought forward a destabilising presidential election. The dollar bought 119.52 yen in...
Asia ekes out gains, sombre data offsets robust U.S. jobs numbers
8th December 2014 Asia ekes out gains, sombre data offsets robust U.S. jobs numbers TOKYO:- Asian stocks eked out gains on Monday in wake of much stronger-than-expected U.S. employment numbers, although sobering data highlighted the sluggishness in the region’s key economies and tempered gains. The dollar hovered at multi-year highs against the...
Asian markets mixed to higher after US jobs data
8th December 2014 Asian markets mixed to higher after US jobs data HONG KONG:- Asian shares closed mixed to higher Monday after a better-than-expected jump in US jobs creation, while another batch of weak Chinese trade figures fanned talk Beijing will introduce further economy-boosting measures. The dollar continued its march...
 
 
 



 
 
 



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